All hospital visitors are recommended to wear a medical face mask. Expand this message for information about visiting hospital.

Last updated:
13 March 2023

Some visitor restrictions for all Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury hospitals and health facilities remain in place, but we have relaxed others.

There is still a heightened risk to vulnerable people in hospital and so we recommend all people wear a mask when visiting any of our facilities and follow other advice designed to keep patients, staff and  visitors safe.

To keep everybody safe:

  • Visitors or support people must not visit our facilities if they are unwell. Do not visit if you have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and haven’t completed your isolation period.
  • Patients may have more than one visitor, except in some situations such as multi-bed rooms where it can cause overcrowding.
  • Surgical/medical masks are recommended to be worn at all sites. Masks will be provided if you don’t have one.
  • For Specialist Mental Health Services everyone is strongly encouraged to wear a face mask in all inpatient areas and areas where consumers are receiving care (i.e. community appointments, home-visits, transporting people). Discretion may be applied in cases where masks impair your ability to communicate effectively.
  • Visitors must not eat or drink in multibed rooms because of the increased risk when multiple people remove their face mask in the same space.
  • Hand sanitiser is available and must be used.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as our staff work hard to protect and care for some of the most vulnerable in our community.

Visiting patients with COVID-19

  • People can visit patients who have COVID-19 but they must wear an N95 mask – this will be provided if you don’t have one.
  • Other methods of communication will be facilitated e.g. phone, Facetime, Zoom, WhatsApp etc where visits aren’t possible.

All of our Hospitals

Visiting hours for our hospitals have returned to pre COVID-19 hours with the exception of Christchurch Women’s Hospital.

All visitors are recommended to wear a medical face mask.

Parents/caregivers are able to be with their child in hospital and visitors are now allowed, except for the Children’s Haematology and Oncology Day stay where just one parent/caregiver is able to attend their appointment with their child. Exceptions by special arrangement only.

Patients and visitors should also read the additional more detailed visiting guidelines for each specific hospital.

More COVID-19 information

Oromairaki Community Maternity Unit

COVID-19 visitor recommendations until further notice

For details about what to do when visiting please see our COVID-19 page.

Oromairaki celebrates the call of Hine-te-iwaiwa, the sighs of motherhood and the cries of new life. Oro means to resound, echo and resonate. It is a sound, a rumble and a note in music. Mairaki is a contraction of mai i te raki – from the heavens.

Te Taumutu Rūnanga gifts the name Oromairaki to the Maternity Suite at the Selwyn Health Hub in recognition of the atua wahine Hine-te-iwaiwa and her role as the goddess of the weaving house and childbirth.

Oromairaki is a contemporary new birthing facility in Selwyn Community, located within the Selwyn Health Hub - Toka Hapāi.

The carefully designed unit offers birthing and postnatal rooms designed to promote your relaxation and normal physiological birth.

Oromairaki room    Oromairaki reception

Partnering with the local community the unit is set on the first floor of the Selwyn Community hub which provides other primary health services including Pacific Radiology and is located just 50m from St John headquarters.

Oromairaki aligns to the Canterbury Maternity Strategy which is committed to supporting māmā and their whānau to create an environment that will enable their pēpi to have the best start to life, by providing community pregnancy support and birthing options that meet the needs of māmā and pēpi to receive care in the right place and at the right time.

Page last updated: 18 January 2024

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